- 01-15-2012, 02:25 PM #1
I am trying to get on my family's plan on sprint. I am looking into getting either this, the i4S, or that Galaxy SII. I have also heard that Sprint doesn't like WP7, and that they're likely not going to be getting anything new for a while. The reason? I don't know, and to be honest I don't care.
This is the phone I'd be stuck with for the next 2 yrs.
With that in mind, is the Arrive really "the choice"?
Last edited by Dave Blake; 01-15-2012 at 04:14 PM. Reason: change title
- 01-15-2012, 02:35 PM #2
The Arrive is the only choice right now. Sprint has come out and said they don't see themselves supporting WP7 in the near future. They look at it as too much of a gamble so they're all in with the iPhone and Android. Going to AT&T is the only real choice right now in the US.
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- 01-15-2012, 02:38 PM #3
Going on the lowered cost of a family plan is the only way I'm getting a phone at all from a carrier. Otherwise, I'll have to stick to a normal phone with no browser or anything else.
I was asking more if the Arrive is an option that will be viable if I get it with the 2 yr contract. Or is Sprint the carrier that "it is better to get something else on"?
01-15-2012, 02:48 PM #5
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The Arrive is a decent phone. I bought it the day it came out so I can comment on it pretty well. IMO the major problem with buying it today for the next two years is that it was already outdated a year ago-- three years from now it will be a real problem.
It's true that WP doesn't need the latest and greatest specs to run really well, but if superior specs are available on other carriers, why settle for less. It's not simply the processor speed-- it's the processor architechture, the graphics processor, the radio (4G/LTE), the screen quality, etc.
A major issue I've faced with the phone is it's just so damn bulky. Yes, I get an awesome qwerty keyboard but honestly I'd rather have a larger screen and make do with the virtual keyboard. Also I'm not a huge fan of the charging port being on the side of the device. On the plus side it's built like a tank, I've dropped it a few times (no case or screen protector) and it's no worse for wear.
If I were in the market for a phone today, the Arrive would be pretty low on my list. Not that it's a bad phone per se, but there are better ones out there. Just not at Sprint unfortunately.
EDIT: Oh and it has that stupid, maddening 160 character limit for SMS. AFAIK it's the only windows phone that has that issue.
- 01-15-2012, 06:47 PM #7
Option #2. Find an Arrive in eBay for probably no more than $100. If Sprint offers a new WP this fall, get a phone then and sell the Arrive for half what you paid. If you don't like WP, sell the Arrive and get what you want from Sprint. Either way, maybe a $50 investment. Sounds reasonable to me.
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- 01-16-2012, 09:57 PM #9
- 01-16-2012, 11:02 PM #10
Yup. I agree, if possible, get arrive from cl, eBay, Amazon, wherever, that way you have no regrets about being locked to device for years. Make sure sprint will let the esn work, however. The hw is old, so prices should be low. SW makes the phone a gem, IMO :D
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